Swimwear Cheat Sheet: 25 Suits That Make a Style Splash
Swimsuit season is nearing, and scoping out options online or browsing in-store can cause information overload. There are hundreds of options: tops and bottoms that can be paired with other bottoms and tops, one-pieces, cut-outs, tankinis … all of that mixing and matching, selecting, and trying on without even considering if you want a hat, coverup, sandals, or beach bag.
A game plan is essential when heading into the shopping process, but it is also important to be flexible. Frustration stemming from not finding the perfect bathing suit is just as horrible as staring out over a field of brightly colored triangles and bandeaus wondering how on earth you’ll find something suitable.
Also worth taking into consideration is the when and where of your swimwear. When takes into account more than just the time of year but how many times during the year you’ll be splashing around in the water. If you live on the coast or in a warm climate, swimsuit season starts earlier and ends later. More money might need to be spent on a suit — or suits — that can last the entire time without pilling, stretching, or otherwise falling apart.
To an extent, where determines the style. Lounging by the pool, frolicking in the ocean, and jet skiing do not share the same requirements for fit and coverage. Yes, the teeny yellow polka dot bikini looks great as you float by on a raft, but you’ll be wishing you had something more substantial when you hit the waves. With that in mind, here are 25 options, each under $100, that take the fuss out finding a bathing suit.
To have a bathing suit that gives you a little extra oomph, find one like the Victoria’s Secret Unforgettable suit (far left). The halter tie and underwire on the suit provide support and the ruching is forgiving. The draping and gathering of the fabric masks any stomach problem areas, and the gold accent is minimal yet enough to draw the eyes up, particularly on the black suit, where the contrast is most noticeable. Merona’s green polka dot one-piece is in a retro style, and the halter assists anyone who is top-heavy by providing extra support. This time, subtle side ruching defines the waist, and the cut is flattering for a variety of body shapes.
The Ralph Lauren scoop neck (middle) will have you thinking Baywatch babe, but in a good way. It won’t provide as much support as the previous two but still scores strongly in this department, with a built-in bra and padding. If top support is not a concern or you want to avoid tan lines from straps, look for a strapless suit like the black Ralph Lauren. Ruffles add definition to the bust, adding to a small frame and drawing attention to the area. Printed nauti-ness is on the horizon in the patterned J. Crew Factory one-piece (far right). It will keep your top half moderately covered and has a decent level of support.
With the exception of the black Ralph Lauren (which is best for tanning or floating in the pool), all of these suits will make you a bathing beauty no matter what summer activity you’re engaging in.
Above: Merona Polka Dot One-Piece ($34.99), Victoria’s Secret Unforgettable One Piece ($88.50-$90.50), Ralph Lauren Blue Label Scoop-Neck One-Piece ($80), INC International Concepts Floral-Print Criss-Cross One-Piece Swimsuit ($69.98), Ralph Lauren Blue Label Boho Solids Bandeau One-Piece Swimsuit ($100), Factory Tank in Navy Floating Anchor ($49.50)